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Gold City Announces Big Changes

December 22, 2009 By: Aaron Category: Gold City, Josh Cobb, Roy Webb, SG Artists, SG Industry News, SG Music, Tim Riley

In a press release from Gold City today, they’ve announced several changes in their lineup:

1. Josh Cobb Is Gold City’s New Tenor – When Steve Ladd left Gold City earlier this year, Josh’s name came up among the list of people that I would have liked to see take the position. It’s nice to see that became a reality with this latest development.

This hire is a good one on two counts: Cobb definitely has the range to handle both new and old Gold City material, and it brings back a vocalist that has been on many people’s “Where Are They Now?” list for years. I liked Josh’s voice when he was with Legacy Five, and it’s developed since that time into a better sound. Here’s a recent video of him singing in a duet of the Larnelle Harris/Sandi Patty song, “I’ve Just Seen Jesus.”

2. Roy Webb Joins As New Piano Player – When he played with them at this past NQC, I said to myself, “If they can somehow convince him to come on the road with them, they’d be solid on the piano position.” Gold City has done just that, even allowing him the freedom to continue his successful solo ministry. Webb will be an asset to the group both in his piano playing and his stage presence, especially if they let him inject some of his humor into their concerts. Here’s a video of him playing with the group on Gold City’s first performance at NQC 2009, which is the perfect segue into the third change:

3. Tim Riley Is Staying On Full-Time With Gold City – Fans have been clamoring for Tim’s full-time return to the group ever since they saw him with them at NQC. On the song above, not one word was spoken when Gold City took the stage for the first time that week, but when Tim stepped on, the place erupted. His singing had just gotten better with time as well, and he cemented the bass part just like he did when he was on the road before. GC definitely had the buzz factor throughout the industry with Tim filling in, and now that buzz will undoubtedly be renewed with this announcement.

Needless to say, this lineup of Gold City has the potential to be named among the more famous lineups the group has had. Best wishes to Josh, Roy, and all of Gold City as they enter this new chapter in their lives.

By The Way: Kyle Boreing has posted a message from Josh Cobb’s wife in reference to the infamous comments Josh supposedly made on a Myspace account several years ago. I would encourage everyone to read it.

Update: This video was shot in the morning service yesterday of Josh singing a medley of Christmas songs. This shows that he has an incredible range, and I don’t know of too many tenors that are willing to hit some of those high notes in the morning. This also confirms the fact that Josh is going to be a different type of tenor than Gold City is used to. Steve Ladd was a “power tenor” of sorts in his time with them, and Josh will definitely continue that trend.

Things I Missed

July 20, 2009 By: Aaron Category: Blackwood Brothers, Gold City, SG Artists, SG Industry News, SG Music, Tim Riley

Good to back with you all after a week in the Word at camp. Let’s see what I missed in my absence:

1. The Gold City lineup change rumors are back, and I’m still not buying it till I see a confirmation. I couldn’t put it better than AVFL commenter HP did:

As far as the GC rumors, I think they’ll need to come forward to clear it up. Though, I think the longer it all goes “unconfirmed” the more likely some part of the rumor is true. As in this genre it seems the smaller truth gets blown up into a large, widely circulated rumor. Could it be that group “moves” are becoming more entertaining than the music/performances themselves?

2. Speaking of which, Tim Riley will be appearing with Gold City at the Mull’s Singing Convention next month. Combined with the rumors that Aaron McCune is leaving, this is giving people fits. At any rate, it’s just a special guest appearance. (h/t, Wes)

3. Wes was on a roll last week, also posting the story that Daywind Records has signed the Blackwood Brothers. This is the group that features tenor Wayne Little, lead Jimmy Blackwood, baritone/pianist Brad White, and bass Randy Byrd. One of the best quartets on the road today, Daywind has made a great move in signing this group. I’m looking forward to the debut Daywind release from these guys.

SG News Roundup- Stories I Missed

March 26, 2008 By: Aaron Category: Gaither Vocal Band, SG Artists, SG Industry News, SG Music, The Prophets Quartet, Tim Riley

Seems the SG News world has been a wee bit active in my absence. Here’s a rundown:

1. I’m excited to see that the GVB is having a reunion event:

“…Oh, while I’m thinking about it, I can finally reveal what I’ve been excited about for so long but have been unable to share. Of course now, it’s probably been so hyped up that you’ll think, “is that it??!!” Well, here it goes… the week of July 21st, I will be in Indiana, along with Bill, Guy, and Marsh, for a Gaither Vocal Band Reunion taping. Everyone who has ever been in the GVB will come together for two days to do, well, I’m not really sure at this point. But, all I know is that it will be awesome. I will get to hang around and sing with my vocal idols…wow. I still can’t believe it when I think about it….”

This is exciting! I wonder if “everyone who has ever been in the GVB” includes the group’s first two basses, Lee Young and John Mohr. That’d be cool.

2. Eddie Crook Joins Prophets Quartet

Pretty cool to see the Prophets add another legend to their lineup. I was wondering if these guys were actually going to have a piano player traveling with them. I know they had Johnny Minnick playing for them in the studio, but having a traveling player is a good thing, too.

3. David Bruce Murray is holding a “Guess The Song” Contest, in which 25 people who guess who is singing this soon-to-be-released version of “when God Ran” will receive the entire album as a free mp3 download. All participants get the song free for participating.

I think I have a pretty good idea who it is, so I’ll let you know if I was right!

4. For everybody wondering what Tim Riley is up to these days, check out these clips.

The man’s still got it! I can’t help but notice a trend among Gold City bass singers these days; they’re sporting beards nowadays! Tim’s got one, and I saw a recent Gold City concert video where Aaron McCune has one too.